Keep Calm and De-clutter


Having a crew come into your home can be stressful. That's understandable. You're concerned about the renovation, but you're also concerned about the state of your home. You've got to move furniture around, relocated whole rooms, and on top of that is your day-to-day living while the renovations occur.

Luckily there are a few things you can do to make this an easy transition. 
Plan ahead and leave lots of time. You can use the time leading up to the renovation to get rid of unwanted furniture and other items on Kijiji. But make sure to give yourself enough time to sell off or give away your items. You don't want deal-hunters showing up at the same time as the reno crew!

Develop a sorting system. Tag what is going to remain, what you're giving away, and what rooms things belong in. Organizing what goes where beforehand will make it easier for everyone working on your project.

Don't forget the closet. They often can contain more than you expect or remembered. If you're doing bedroom renovations, you're going to want to think about where all those closet items are going to live while the renovations take place. Planning ahead will save you lots of time and headaches.

Making sure you declutter will make you feel better about the upcoming renovations. And then you just have to sit back and let the pros do their work.

If it's renovations, additions, or other home improvements you're looking to do, contact me at and we'll get started on your project today!

Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Remodeling your kitchen is always in style. But what about the style of your cabinets? Are those plain wooden ones working for you? If not, maybe it's time to look at what is popular this year.
Horizontal Cabinets
Squares and vertical rectangles are still the preferred designs for kitchen cabinets, but there is a rise in horizontal cabinetry. As cabinets get wider, there is less of a need to stack cabinets (if you have enough storage). This not only makes access much easier, but gives your kitchen a cleaner, more refined look.
If you’re looking for more organization, you can also add drawer inserts to declutter all those pots, pans and numerous other kitchen utensils you have.
White, Gray & Neutral Colours
White kitchen cabinets are still quite popular but gray, along with other neutral colours have began to get noticed.
Often, homeowners are opting for refined neutral colours and earthy tones that work well with a variety of design elements. These colours not only provide a sense of warmth, but give you more design freedom to add bold colours elsewhere, providing a seamless blend throughout the house.
Clean Lines & Subtle Design
Two other dominant trends for kitchen cabinets are clean lines and subtle designs. To ensure design flexibility in the long term, cabinet door styles have become simpler, using clean lines. As the modern style continues to gain steam, clean lines and subtle designs make ideal sense for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen cabinets.
Matching another kitchen remodeling trend, clean lines go perfectly with black and white kitchens. Black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. Clean lines, along with black and white kitchens, can also offset the tension between rustic, modern and transitional kitchens.

Carpet verses Hardwood

Carpet? I know what you're thinking. Who is still into carpet these days? But I can tell you, a lot of people choose to have it in their homes. And there's many reasons to go for carpet. Great colours and designs, not too mention the way it can feel. 
Not everyone is into a hardwood floor, but there are those that would never cover that finely polished wood with a carpet. But each one comes with their pros and cons. I'm going to look at each.

Lets' start with Hardwood:

• Their look. Hardwood floors definitely have a way of making any room look good. Must be their warm colors and natural look.
• Hardwood floors last. It’s not uncommon to walk into a 100-year-old house and find the original hardwood floors, sometimes still looking great. When properly cared for, hardwood floors can last a longer than a lifetime! 
• So easy to maintain. Sweep or vacuum them when they get dirty and use a wood cleaner every now and then when they need a good shine. Spills aren’t an issue because both liquids and solids wipe up easily without leaving a stain.
• You can repair them. If your hardwood floors do get scratched, they can be fixed! A simple sanding and refinishing is sometimes all it takes to bring your floors back to life!

• It will cost more than carpet. But what you pay for tends to last. And if they're installed by a competent contractor, then you'll get your money's worth in the long run.
• It can be so cold! If your house is drafty, expect your hardwood floors to be chilly in the cooler months. You may want to invest in some wool socks for the winter months!
• Less pet-friendly. If you have dogs, they’ll hate your hardwood floors. Their padded feet just can’t grip the smooth surface, and they’ll slip and slide every time they pick up speed.
• It gets dirty quickly. It’s a good thing hardwood floors clean easily, because you’ll need to do it frequently. Hardwood shows dirt and dust easily, so be prepared to clean.
• It will wear. Despite the fact that hardwood floors will still be functional decades after they’re installed, they still scratch and wear, especially in high-traffic areas. The worn look can be remedied with a simple refinish.

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of carpet:

• It’s warm to the touch and visually warms the look of a room as well.
• It is soft on your feet and pleasant to walk on.
• So many styles and colours! — depending on style and material, it can give a room a casual look or a formal look.
• Tons of  colour choices available, allowing you to coordinate with walls or furniture, or other parts of the decor. 
• What texture do you like? Shag? Carpet textures and lengths add to your room’s overall style. 

• Staining a carpet by spilling something on it, although stain resistance varies by material. 
• Plus you can get carpet treated to resist staining.
• Carpet tends to show a wear pattern more than hard surfaces do. 
• Carpet can lose it's colour and become sun-bleached in areas where sun comes in.
• Difficult to maintain. You always have to bring out the vacuum. You can't just sweep away your mess.

There you have it. The pros and cons of carpet versus hardwood flooring. The choice is yours. Both are great flooring options, and regardless of what you choose, you can always get in touch with me and my team at Level Ten. I'm always happy to help.

The Real Deal

Recently I had the honor of attending a Holiday Networking Event. There were a lot of interesting people, some new faces, others familiar, One of the new faces asked "How and Why I got into construction"  I replied because "If it were easy Everyone would do it" She looked at me with a surprised look. I giggled, seriously folks this is what I do. I've grown up around it and it's in my blood.

The key to any successful company is to hire the "Right People" when you have a Team you can trust the battle is half won. At Level Ten we've had our growing pains, and gotten our share of lumps and bumps. This is why all our Workmanship comes with a 12 Month Warranty.  

There are a lot of Fly By Night companies and One Man Pony Shows on Kijiji and Craigslist that offer the same services as Level Ten at HUGE discounts. We've met some of their past clients WHEN WE HAVE TO FIX THEIR WORK - so, in essence, the customer ends up paying 2 xs $$$ then if they had called us the first time.

Yes, we offer competitive rates!

Yes, we have $1,000,000 in liability insurance, so you don't have to worry if anything unexpected happens to one of us while we're at your home. We won't go after your Insurance company. 

Yes, we Warranty our Workmanship for 12 months 

Yes, we provide a Written Estimate